CWD: Lancet Devices.
At the CWD conference, there was a big ol' expo going on while the focus groups were taking place. Every company from Omnipod to Dex4 to my friends at diaTribe were interacting with the CWD Friends for Life attendees.
Before the expo, I was talking with Sara about lancing devices. (My life is a thrill a minute, no?) She swears by the Muliticlix, while I had never used one before.
"You NEVER have? We need to fix that."
So when the expo opened that morning, we went off to find the folks at Accu-Chek, so I could try out one of their Multiclixes. (Multiclixes? Multiclixi? How do you make that one plural?) After a demonstration, some questions, and wrangling them to hand over a demo device, I also checked out the Renew booth and convinced them to hand over a sample, too.
So now that the dust has settled from CWD, I finally had a minute to try out these devices.
First, the Renew. I'll admit it: It looked like a spaceship, so I was intrigued. I liked the color choices (mine is the old lime green one they first marketed, but they have a whole new selection of colors now) and it's reasonably small. However, I needed to read the manual before I could get the cartridge in there. I'm not sure if it was the lack of coffee in my system or my overblown KerriBerry technojoy, but I couldn't figure out how to unhinge the thing to get the lancing cartridge in there.
The manual was clear, thankfully, so within a few seconds, I had the cartridge loaded up and ready to roll. Thanks to decades of diabetes and an unquenchable desire to prick the center of my fingers instead of the sides, I have some serious calluses to work through. I used the "3" setting at first, but that barely made a dent and produced the teeniest drop of blood ever. Cranking it up to the "4" setting procured a good drop.
The device is less painful (admittedly) than the One Touch lancing device I used every day, but here's the big drawback: every new test uses a new lancet. Yes, this is best for finger health and to avoid infection, but it's also a big, fat waste of a lancet if you aren't able to draw blood with the first prick. Testing my blood sugar once used two lancets, and there are only 20 in the cartridge. I'm hoping that a future generation of this product allows lancet reuse (for us old-timers who only change lancets with our clocks). And I'm also hoping that the future generation is a little smaller because while I was intrigued by the round design, it doesn't fit neatly into any of my factory meter cases.
I also tried out the Muliticlix and Sara is right: this thing is pretty pain-free. The woman at the Accu-Chek booth was telling us about the patented technology they have for their devices, keeping the lancet on a track so it doesn't spiral into your finger and rip up your skin any more than necessary. I've used it a few times already in the last day or two and the results have been pretty good. Once I figured out how to insert the drum (I'm fumbly-clumsy these days, and it took me a few seconds to load this one, too), it was all systems go. The shape of this device is the familiar cylindrical one, and it fits into my meter case.
Pros for this device are that you can reuse the same lancet as many times as you'd like. Economical, in my eyes, because I'm not wasting lancets. It also, as I said before, fits in my meter case, which makes it easier to integrate into my current routine. The cons on the Multiclix are that the depth settings just aren't deep enough for a veteran tester like me. On one of my least-calloused fingers, I'm using the "4" setting. Maybe with continued use, the calluses would ease up a bit, but from my perspective now, it would be good if the settings went up another notch. Or two. ;)
Have you guys used any of these devices? What was your experience - good or bad?
(And I'm also waiting for my Pelikan Sun device to be mailed to me - more on that once it arrives!)